FDA Finalizes Rule for Over the Counter Hearing Aids

Yesterday, the FDA announced it will soon be easier to get hearing aids. Instead of getting a prescription, visiting a hearing health professional and having a custom fitting, people with mild to moderate hearing loss could soon be able to buy hearing aids directly from a store and online. In the United States, about 1 in 8 people, ages 12 and older has hearing loss in both ears and the rate is increasing significantly with age. About a quarter of people 65 to 74 have hearing loss and that goes up to 50% around the age of 75. The devices won’t be free but the FDA estimates that savings of about $2,800 could be seen per pair.